Richard, thanks so much for procuring and expanding on the Kennedy Center Deal article! Has the author has been approached regarding film rights? To my eye -- with the right screenwriter, director, and cast -- what a movie this would make! Eccentric prince of the inner circle of Depression-era close-up magicians, with his green but gifted young El Paso sidekick in tow, sets off in a crazed quest for a rumored gambler and his legendary sleight. Can you just see it?
Not to attempt a hijacking of this thread (in which case please move this elsewhere), but would anyone care to play armchair casting director? Whom, among living talent, would you pick to play Vernon, Miller, Kennedy, Downs, Horowitz, and that jailed Mexican gambler?